Renee Oteri didn't get her TV prince, but it looks as though she's getting her fairy-tale ending anyway.
The recent Bachelor contestant, who finished fourth in the race for Juan Pablo Galavis' heart just shy of the dramatic fantasy-suite showdown, is engaged to her onetime childhood sweetheart--who also happens to have been the very first boy she ever kissed!
According to Wetpaint.com, which first broke the happy news, her fiancé, Bracy, is an ex-military man and he popped the question just a little over a week ago while he and Renee were house-hunting in Seattle. They've since moved there together with Renee's 8-year-old son, Ben.
"My forever," she wrote on Instagram yesterday along with a happy-looking couple's pic.
Bracy did a bang-up job in the ring department, too, giving Renee a roughly 1.25-carat circle-cut diamond ring on a 14-karat white gold pavé-style band covered in smaller diamonds.
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Per Wetpaint, they met (and smooched!) when they were 12 and dated long-distance as adults, with Renee living in Massachusetts and Bracy based in Colorado. They broke up in 2010, but obviously they rekindled their middle-school-era flame sometime after Renee's actual time on The Bachelor ended in October and she went back to her Florida hometown.
Happily, Renee was still in the mood for love following her experience on the ABC reality show, which wraps its 18th season next week.
In fact, the 32-year-old beauty called Juan Pablo a "class act" and told reporters that she felt bad he was being so publicly criticized.
"I definitely know him and obviously people are going to write things and say things that may or may not be true, but I mean honestly, you do get to know each other really, really well and I still feel the same about him now that I did the moment I met him," she said. "I have nothing negative to say."
Talk about your class acts.